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21 Jul 2017

How to fix Medicare? Strengthen the GP system. "Of all doctors, they are the specialty that delivers the best bang for every health dollar," AMA President Dr Michael Gannon has told the Economic and Social Outlook Conference in Melbourne.


Published: 21 Jul 2017

30 Jun 2017

Moves by a pharmacy chain to start selling pathology tests to customers will leave patients out of pocket for no good reason, AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says.


Published: 30 Jun 2017

23 Jun 2017

A national plan for maternity services that was put together without consultation with GPs or obstetrician/gynaecologists has been scrapped, following strong opposition from the AMA.


Published: 23 Jun 2017

23 Jun 2017

The AMA has long argued that doctors should be regarded as an integral part of the aged care workforce, in the same way that they are an integral part of the hospital workforce. Now, a Senate Committee agrees.


Published: 23 Jun 2017

28 May 2017

For 30 years, Professor Bernard Pearn-Rowe has juggled his solo GP practice in Perth with his active roles in medical politics. The stalwart of general practice advocacy has been recognised with the AMA President's Award.


Published: 28 May 2017

09 May 2017

The Federal Budget does not contain everything the AMA had hoped for, but it does show a Minister who has recognised past faults and is willing to engage with the health sector, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says.


Published: 09 May 2017

11 Apr 2017

More work needs to be done to educate patients about the My Health Record program, with only 147 of the one million people taking part in an opt-out trial setting up a PIN number to protect their information, AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says.


Published: 11 Apr 2017

01 Feb 2017
Google has launched health cards with medically-verified details of more than 900 health conditions and diseases. AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says it's a long-overdue improvement in the quality of information, but patients should still see their doctor if they are concerned about symptoms.

Published: 01 Feb 2017

01 Feb 2017
Since Dr Google entered the vernacular a decade ago, people have been researching symptoms on the internet and coming up with inaccurate diagnoses. AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, says Google's move to provide higher quality information is a positive, but it can never replace a visit to the doctor.

Published: 01 Feb 2017

17 Jan 2017
The new Health Minister has a great opportunity to make a fresh start for the Government by unravelling the Medicare rebate freeze, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says.

Published: 17 Jan 2017

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